Sustainable Chemical Processing & Waste Management

Submission opens on Scholar One (do not submit before this date): 1st January 2021

Submission window closes: 28th February 2021

Guest editors

Dr Mohamed G. Hassan-Sayed, University of Southampton

Email: [email protected]

Dr Ihab M.T.A. Shigidi, King Khalid University

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Dr Mohamed El Zayat, The American University in Cairo 

Email: [email protected]

Prof. Allam Ahmed, President, World Association for Sustainable Development (WASD)

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Overview of special issue

The process of end-user products involves many challenges. The unplanned consequences of processing raw materials to final products places tremendous burden of accountability, and process innovation activities to mitigate the contributing waste and degradation to the planet’s natural resources and harmful effect at the societal level.  

The majority of environmental impacts are a result of Chemistry -based activities, grounded in the life cycle of the chemicals types, quantities utilised, chemicals released; and the processing activities in Energy conversion, transportation and utilisation, water processing, mining and petroleum systems, textile and leather industry, printing and dyeing, agriculture and food processing, medicine and health care product manufacturing, and so many others.  

The current model of adoption for chemistry and chemical processing as well as resources exploitation and waste management under a linear economy has generated severe environmental impacts, which puts the continuity of the biosphere at risk in sustaining the ecosystem. The consideration of sustainability, revolves around four parameters:

  • The establishment of governing principles such as Circular Economy, Environmental and Social Impact Assessment, Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), Cradle to Grave, and Cradle to Cradle, and the targets set by Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 
  • Analysis of the methodologies, techniques, applied in Chemical Processing & Waste Management; such as Big data and Machine learning, Knowledge management,  
  • The study of standards for quality and decision making; and the study of emerging technologies. 

In view of these wide-ranging topics, the potential subjects for the special issue include (but are not limited to): 

  • Chemical Processing & Waste Management driven technology-based applications; 
  • Developing Chemical Processing & Waste Management edifices through the implementation of cleaner production practice; 
  • Developing innovative indicators for measuring effectiveness of presenting sustainable concepts in Chemical Processing & Waste Management; 
  • Developing original organisational models and visions for supporting implementation of Chemical Processing & Waste Management for a sustainable industry; 
  • Drivers and challenges in building a sustainable partnership  
  • Circular Economy through Sustainable Integrated Solid Waste Management (SISWM) 
  • Hazardous waste management  

Authors are invited to submit their original-research and/or review papers that make relevant contributions within this scope. All submitted peer-review ready papers should, be characterised by a clear discussion about: novelty aspects and their contributions to the subject knowledge and literature; and the practical, environmental and socio-economic implications of the researches conducted. 

The guest editors welcome contributions investigating one or more of the above-mentioned aspects within the scope of the special issue, with the final aim of: providing insights upon the current and likely-future trends of sustainability based Chemical Processing & Waste Management; and enabling creating a reliable and up-to-date picture of the state-of-the-art of this field. 

Indicative list of anticipated themes

  • Chemical Processing industries in general  
  • Waste Management 
  • Water and energy processing  
  • Application of big data and AI to sustainability standards for quality and decision making; and  
  • The study of emerging technologies

Key information

Submission window opens: 1st January 2021

Submission window closes: 28th February 2021

Volume 18, issue 4

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